Forum: Ruby Re: Thanks Ruby Quiz!

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Debaun, Steve [Seminis/2400] (Guest)
on 2006-05-11 00:51
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123.to_slang == "a franklin, a jackson, three washingtons, and some
jingle"
Charlie B. (Guest)
on 2006-05-11 00:54
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It appears I opened a can of worms.  I see why this was chosen as a ruby
quiz.  It seems to elicit a lot of varying responses.  Do you guys think
that the and should be removed except for floats?

Charlie B.
www.recentrambles.com
Ray B. (Guest)
on 2006-05-11 01:28
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Charlie B. wrote:

> Do you guys think that the and should be removed except for floats?

No.

Google shows about 54,200 hits on "one hundred and twenty three"
but only about 42,900 on "one hundred twenty three."

I can't imagine the justification for why "and" is only proper for
floats. "One hundred and twenty three" is idiomatic English, both in the
US and UK.

"In the year of our Lord, Seventeen Hundred and Seventy Six."

"Four score and seven years ago."

"Four and twenty blackbirds."

Just because you can also say "seventeen hundred seventy six," "one
thousand seven hundred seventy six," "eighty seven" and "twenty four"
doesn't make the former improper.

--

Ray
Justin C. (Guest)
on 2006-05-11 01:41
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Ray B. wrote:
> floats. "One hundred and twenty three" is idiomatic English, both in
> doesn't make the former improper.
>
My original point was not that serious...it can be left as-is without a
problem.

For more information than anyone probably needs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_...

-Justin
Hal F. (Guest)
on 2006-05-11 03:31
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Charlie B. wrote:
> It appears I opened a can of worms.  I see why this was chosen as a ruby
> quiz.  It seems to elicit a lot of varying responses.  Do you guys think
> that the and should be removed except for floats?

When I was a kid, teachers laid heavy stress on this for some reason.

It was treated as a moral obligation, a physical law, and a
partiotic duty all wrapped up in one.

However, I've since heard that it's probably an American thing.


Hal
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